Candidate Surplus Funds Reports


This data set contains all the surplus funds C4s filed by a candidate.

This dataset is a best-effort by the PDC to provide a complete set of records as described herewith and may contain incomplete or incorrect information. The PDC provides access to the original reports for the purpose of record verification.

Descriptions attached to this dataset do not constitute legal definitions; please consult RCW 42.17A and WAC Title 390 for legal definitions and additional information regarding political finance disclosure requirements.

CONDITION OF RELEASE: This publication and or referenced documents constitutes a list of individuals prepared by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission and may not be used for commercial purposes. This list is provided on the condition and with the understanding that the persons receiving it agree to this statutorily imposed limitation on its use. See RCW 42.56.070(9) and AGO 1975 No. 15.

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Field Name Data Type Description
amended_by_report text This field only applies to records which have been superseded by an amendment. The value is the report number of the newer version of the report.
amends_report text This field only applies to records which amend a prior report. The value is the report number of the previous version of the report that is superseded by this record.
attachments text The report's attachment urls and all associated metadata in json format. Attachments may include original scanned reports (in the event of electronic filing exmeptions) or additional documentation supplied by the filer. Attachments may not be present on a given report.
balance number This column shows the balance of surplus funds that a candidate reported on the last C4. This balance remains in the account until disposed of per RCW 42.17.
committee_id number Committee ID
filer_id text The unique id assigned to a candidate's surplus account. The filer id remains the same throughout years.
filer_name text The registered name of the surplus funds account.
from_date calendar_date A C4 report covers a specific period of time. This column is the start date of the report.
id text PDC internal identifier that corresponds to a candidate's surplus funds account. A candidate has only one surplus account which is valid until terminated. There is not an election year associated with a surplus funds account, money is transferred in and spent out of the account until closed.
metadata text At the point is submitted, the PDC automatically calculates totals and subtotals for certain information to make the report information easier to understand. This is primarily information that used to be captured on the forms, prior to electronic filing where the values can be calculated. None of the information in this field is supplied by the filer. The information is semi-structured JSON so that it is machine readable. The schema version of the information mirrors the schema version of the report_data column.
origin text This column designates what type of report the data was retrieved from.
person_id number The unique ID assigned to a public office holder or candidate. This id is consistent across years and, offices or candidacies and is the preferred id for identifying a natural person.
raised number This column is the cumulative total that has been transferred into the account from inception.
report_number text The unique number assigned to a report when it is filed. A 10 character number represents a paper filed report whose data was manually entered into the database. A 9 character number represents an electronically filed report.
spent number This column is the cumulative total that has been spent out of the account from inception.
thru_date calendar_date A C4 report covers a specific period of time. This column is the end date of the report.
url url A link to a PDF version of the C4 summary report as it was filed with the PDC.
version text The version of the report, representing the structure and elements of the submission. The version is necessary because the data structure is subject to change and improvement over time. Mostly relevant to data that is provided as JSON columns. Two reports records with different versions may not be interpreted in the same way due to changes in the organization of the data that may occur between versions. Any analysis should account for version changes.
year number This column is provided to clarify in what year a report is filed. Since a surplus funds account can be active for multiple years, this column is created using the thru_date.